Wood & Canvas Canoe
by Rollin Thurlow and Jerry Stelmok
The best and most
complete guide to the construction, restoration and maintenance
of wood and canvas canoes. Abundant photos and line drawings
illustrate the step-by-step instructions. Includes study plans
for the 17 1/2' Atkinson Traveler, the 15' Cheemaun and the
10' Whisper. The book is also a careful history of the evolution
of the wood and canvas canoe, including extensive discussion
of the building of birch bark canoes and sketches of many of
the early canoe builders: Gerrish, White, Morris, Old Town and
186 pp. Paperback Now being reprinted:
The Canoeist Sketchbook
by Robert Kimber
Now back in print, after a hibernation of sorts. In a unique way this book combines practical advice, humor and literary musings on the joys of wilderness canoeing. Robert Kimber is a regular contributor to Country Journal and Down East magazines, and writes articles for other national publications. The Canoeist Sketchbook is not a technical text or a whitewater epic, but gives thoughts of a seasoned canoeist who knows the heart and sole of canoeing and the wilderness.
This book will bring a smile and a nod of approval from anyone interested in the out-of-doors, from the experienced canoeist to the novice hiker.
Illustrated by Jerry Stelmok
* Price $16.00
Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America
by Edwin Tappen Adney & Howard Chapelle
The Birch bark canoes of the North American Indians were among the most advanced watercraft of their age.They could be used to carry heavy loads in shallow streams, but were light enough to be hauled over long distances over land.Built with Stone Age Tools, their design, size and appearance varied to suit the requirements of their users. Upon arrival in North America European settlers began using the native-made craft for traveling through the wilderness, and many of todays canoes are based on these age-old designs. Illustrated with black and white drawings, diagrams and photos, this fascinating guide explores the development of the canoes, their role in history, the materials and the tools used to make them, their form and fabrication, regional differences in design and construction, and more. Anyone interested in canoes or the skills of the Native Americans will find this book as illuminating as it is important.
Paperback, 242 pages
• Price $19.00
Snow Walkers Companion
by Garrett and and Alexandra Conover
The Conovers are writers,educators and guides who have escorted thousands of wilderness adventurers though the wilds of the north. Now, you can take their expertise with you where ever you go. This is a guide to traditional winter camping. Learn how to stay warm in extreme cold temperatures and environments. Get practical advice on setting up tents and choosing the right gear. Discover and learn tips on reading lake and river ice conditions and more. Learn how to sleep warm, travel safe and many other skills that have become a lost artform. It's all in this essential book.
Garrett continues to be a part-time worker in the shop during his off season as he has for the past many years.
* Price $22.00
Canoe Company Catalogs
1908 B. N. Morris Company
- 1910 Old Town Canoe Company
Reprints of these historic canoe catalogs
offer a glimpse into the vast array of canoe styles being offered
at the turn of the century. The pictures and descriptions of
the canoes and their hardware make these catalogs wonderful
guides for restoring old canoes built by these companies. Reprinted
by the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, LTD. Price:
In my years of boat
building and teaching, I have found that many people are intimidated
by the need to steambend wood, even though steambending can
easily be done in a home shop without elaborate equipment.
The first portion
of the video deals with theories of wood bending: how the compression
and stretching of the wood during bending stresses the piece.
Understanding this theory allows you to anticipate problems
and prepare to overcome them. Then I take up practical issues
of how to select wood - for species, dryness, grain, knots and
other flaws, shape of the piece - and how to prepare and pre
shape the wood. Next I show you how to construct a couple of
different models of home built steam boxes, made from simple
materials, and discuss alternative steaming operations.
should be complimented on a job (video)
well done...you solved several project problems
I was having and I certainly appreciate it."
- John Deusebio; Toronto,
In the second half
of the video, I bend several different pieces for you, from
simple to more complex operations, and show you some tricks
for handling difficult bends. Although construction - ribs (both
for new canoes and replacement ribs for damaged canoes), hardwood
stems, pre shaped rails and decks - the same theories and techniques
apply equally to wood bending for all kinds of purposes. Whether
you are working on larger boats, fine furniture, snowshoes,
toboggans or any other bentwood projects, this video will help
you make successful bends.
The tape was shot
entirely in my own shop using high-quality home video equipment.
While the tape is clear and crisp and carries the information
I wanted to convey, please do no expect a slick, Hollywood-style
VHS Videotape - 65 minutes. $10.00
Now avaiable on DVD -$15.00
the Atkinson Traveler
I've made this video
to help people understand the principles and techniques of building
wood/canvas canoes. Using a 17 foot wilderness guide canoe as
a model, it guides you through every step of construction, from
selecting the rough stock, shaping the ribs, steambending, planking,
canvassing, and sanding, to painting and installing the brass
Whether you want help
building your own canoe or just want to know more about traditional
canoe construction, you will find the film very informative
This video is an excellent
companion to the book, The Wood and Canvas
Canoe, and helps explain some of the more esoteric
aspects of canoe building that are difficult to put in writing.
No longer available on VHS
Rollin Thurlow and such other notables as Alexandra and Garrett
Conover and author Bob Kimber, while they travel the Georges
River north to Ungava Bay in northeastern Canada. The
trip begins with a car and train ride deep into the Labrador
interior. Then on snowshoes, unsupported and without restocking,
the group travels east and north on the Riveiere De Pas and
the Gorges River some 400 miles into northern Quebec. Rollin brought
along a mini digital camera and managed to obtain five hours
of tape which he condensed into this entertaining well edited
film. Experience life on the trail in the traditional manner
as it was and still is today. Available in video cassette and
DVD. Filmed and edited by Rollin Thurlow.
VHS Videotape - 60
DVD 60 - min. $15.00